Kansas began the game by scoring the first six points, all
by sophomore forward Julian Wright and led 12-6 at the 16:09
Then the wheels came off of Nebraska's wagon and boy
did they ever come off.
The Jayhawks dominated the boards and the
basket. Led by Brandon Rush and
Julian Wright, Kansas went on an unheard of scoring
streak. KU scored 27 straight
points to lead 39-6 with 3:14 left in the first half.
NU head coach Doc Sadler looked stunned and was
uncharacteristically silent on the Huskers bench.
"I think we (players) were star-struck. We got hit so hard so quick," said
The first half stats were dismal. Nebraska shot 25% from the field (5-20
shooting) and had only 10 rebounds.
Freshman Ryan Anderson had 7 points to lead NU.
Kansas on the other hand shot 47% from the field, 85% from
the free throw lane (11-13) and dominated the boards with 25 rebounds. The talented sophomore combination of
Wright and Rush scored 13 and 12 points respectively to lead the
The game was over at halftime as NU trailed 43-16 and
was far and away its worst half of the season.
"I told our guys at halftime the game was over but we
could still come back and compete in the second half," said
The Jayhawks didn't let-up in the second half as they
continued to stroke the ball well from the field and when Nebraska found some
rhythm, KU took it away with a three-pointer or a turnover creating a fast break
NU did play better in the second half but ended up
losing by 20 points (76-56).
Nebraska drops to 12-8 (1-5 Big 12) while Kansas improves to 19-3
overall and 6-1 in the Big 12.
Kansas finished with a 47-21 rebounding edge and held NU to
only 1 offensive rebound.
Rush scored 20 points and Wright finished with 17 for
KU. The Huskers were led by
Anderson who had 19 including six three's.
"I want to win, that (hitting 6 three-pointers)
doesn't mean anything to me," said Anderson.
The Huskers now travel to Missouri on February 3rd and Kansas faces a tough test at home against #8 Texas
"We're going to move on," said
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